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Social Security Q&A

Q: I recently applied for a replacement Social Security card, but I might be moving before it arrives in the mail. What do I do if I move before I get it?

A: Once we have verified all your documents and processed your application, it takes approximately 10 to 14 days to receive your replacement Social Security card. If you move after applying for your new card, notify the post office of your change of address and the post office will forward your card to your new address. If you do not receive your card, please contact your local Social Security office. To get another replacement, you will have to resubmit your evidence of identity and U.S. citizenship, or your lawful immigration status and authority to work. You can learn more at www.socialsecurity.gov.

Q: What's the average monthly Social Security benefit for a retired worker?

A: The current average monthly Social Security benefit for a retired worker is about $1,164. Social Security benefits are based on earnings averaged over most of a worker's lifetime. To learn more about how retirement benefits are calculated, or to get an immediate and personalized estimate based on your earnings record, visit us online at www.socialsecurity.gov.

Q: What's the average monthly Social Security benefit for a retired worker?

A: The current average monthly Social Security benefit for a retired worker is about $1,164. Social Security benefits are based on earnings averaged over most of a worker's lifetime. To learn more about how retirement benefits are calculated, or to get an immediate and personalized estimate based on your earnings record, visit us online at www.socialsecurity.gov